It has become clear that the United States is in the midst of an “obesity epidemic”. Recently published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009-2010 (NHANES) showed that over a third of American adults are obese. To make matters worse, in the same survey it was found that over 17% of our youth are also obese. You can find the rest of the study along with some other scary projections here: CDC Data
So what’s the big deal? Why does carrying a few “extra pounds” seem to have the medical community up in arms? The “big deal” is that those extra pounds seriously impact your health and lead to a host of problems that can not only shorten your life, but many times make it feel like you’re not really living at all. Before we get to that, however, let’s find out where you are at today. We’ll start by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a calculation based on your height and weight. Knowing your BMI will give us a good starting point to know how your weight might be impacting on your health.
BMI (Body Mass Index)
To determine if you meet the requirements for a weight loss surgery procedure, please enter your information in the BMI Calculator below.
Class I Obesity
Class II Obesity
Class III Obesity
So what group did you find yourself in? If you found yourself with a BMI > 25, then your weight is impacting on your health. And the more weight you put on, the greater the impact on your health. All of the following medical conditions have a direct link to weight, meaning the more “extra” weight an individual puts on, the more likely they are to develop these problems:
- Type II Diabetes
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol or triglycerides)
- Heart disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Venous Stasis (blood pooling in the legs)
- DVT (blood clots in the legs)
- PE (blood clots in the lungs)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
- Abnormal Pulmonary Function
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)/heartburn
- Abdominal Hernia
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Low Back Pain
- Abnormal menses
- Urinary Stress Incontinence
- Pseudotumor cerebri
Carrying extra weight not only impacts on your health, it profoundly impacts on your quality of life. To put it simply, it makes doing the things that make life enjoyable more difficult to do. Simple things like tying your shoes, crossing your legs, going shopping, driving a car, flying in an airplane, and personal hygiene all become more challenging as your weight increases. Most individuals that see us don’t realize how much their weight was affecting their quality of life until they have lost a significant amount of weight and get back to truly “living” life again.
At the Better Weigh Center, we offer different weight loss options to help you get back to a healthier weight. Importantly, we also offer the support group team that will teach you all the skills necessary to stay at that healthier weight!